The paper makes mention of D.S. Galton's classic work in which he showed the superior braking performance achieved by keeping the wheel revolving, and the varying braking effect of cast iron brake blocks with both time and speed. The fundamental principles limiting the braking system for a variety of duties are examined, and the balance between technical perfection, operational reliability, ease of maintenance and economy is sought. The limits of a friction brake are reached under emergency conditions and the effect of rail adhesion, brake block friction, speed and weight of train and, above all, the power dissipated per wheel is investigated. The desire for improvements to the environment and the need to conserve energy has brought increased attention to the use of rheostatic or regenerative braking.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • International Conference on Railway Braking, University of York, England, September 26-27, 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

    1 Birdcage Walk
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Maxwell, W W
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1979

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 3-5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324884
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 1979-11 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM